Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Give Your Swing A Tune Up
Fix your swing faults and lower your score in 30 minutes
Labels: Pitching, Instruction, Faults And Fixes, Iron Play, Quick Tips, Ballstriking, Training Aids, Wedge Play, Short Game, Driving, Swing, Putting, Amateur, Chipping, Game Improvement, Full Swing, Drills, Shots, Slicing, Shotmaking
The club has outraced my body.
Not all tee shots need to end up in the fairway, but they definitely have to be in play if you want to score well.
To ensure this, it's important that your backswing matches your followthrough. When that happens, you can be sure your swing is on the same path. And that will help you produce a lot of great shots. Therefore a flat backswing should result in a flat followthrough, and an upright backswing should produce an upright followthrough.
My body has unwound too quickly. This causes a slice.
Remember the key to consistent tee shots is a swing that looks the same on the downswing and forwardswing. Once you've grooved that for a while in a 3⁄4 swing, extend it to a full swing and start striping it down the fairway.
If your swing path tends to move all over the place, there's an easy way to fix this, especially if you're a feel player. Just hold onto two irons and give them a swing at 1⁄2 to 2⁄3 speed. If you feel any jerks in your back- or forwardswing or a lack of balance or tempo, then you're on the wrong swing path. Continue to swing the two clubs and, as you're doing so, focus on creating a smooth swing. Try to match the backswing to the forwardswing so both are on the same path and you finish in balance.
Notice in the photos at left how my right shoulder mirrors my left in the backswing and followthrough? On the backswing, my left shoulder is in the same spot as my right one after I've swung. My swing doesn't jerk or sway—it's a compact, precise movement that moves around a fixed point. With two clubs (and twice the weight) you'll swing slower and create a more precise path. After feeling the right path, take that feeling and apply it to your normal swing.
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